Crape Myrtle Trees
Q.

regarding my crepe myrtle tree

Zone 9 or 10 | foghorn added on August 12, 2012 | Answered

My crepe myrtle tree has shiny, sticky leaves. It is in bloom, but not as many as usual. There was an ant infestation for which I sprayed. What do I do now?

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on August 13, 2012

If you are seeing ants, it is likely aphids. They don't typically attack that large of a plant, but it is not unheard of. Ants care for the aphids like we would care for cows and literally "milk" them for the sweet, sticky honeydew they produce. You can treat them with neem oil, which will also take care of the ants once the aphids are gone. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Crape Myrtle Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More